Phoenix: The Pleasant Valley Library (Aired July 18, 2021)

A Phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor according to legend, but the Pleasant Valley Free Library is doing the same in reality. Pleasant Valley Rotarian Dave Kruger, the current vice-president of the library board, returns to RadioRotary to provide the exciting details. Since a fire destroyed the interior of the library in 2018, operations have continued in a former supermarket donated rent-free to the library by Herb Redl Properties. Meanwhile, the Board has raised nearly $3 million to create a new building at the old site, keeping the still standing outer walls and adding new space on the ground floor to make a handicapped-accessible one-story library space from the former two-story 19th-century structure. The patron-and-staff usable portion of the building will be double the size of the previous structure—the old 2 nd floor will now be devoted to mechanical support. It is anticipated that the new building will be open early in 2022. The RadioRotary program also includes information about the small-but-mighty Pleasant Valley Rotary Club.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Free Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Pleasant Valley (NY) Rotary Club: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/clubinfo/pleasant-valley
Pleasant Valley Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PleasantValleyRotary.7210/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/

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Teaching Adults to Read (Aired July 11, 2021)

Laura Lane, the Adult Literacy Connector for Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary to describe the programs treating functional illiteracy in adults that are available from the volunteers of Literary Connections of the Hudson Valley. Functional illiteracy is more than just inability to read words- literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts in ways enabling a person to participate in society, achieve that person’s goals, and develop his or her knowledge and potential. It includes the skills needed to fill out forms and read instructions, not just to read or write and understand a sentence. The services of Literary Connections are free; the organization is supported by donations from individuals, foundations, and government agencies.  Listen to the program to learn about Ms. Lane’s own remarkable story as well as about the many services available to improve reading and writing.

Learn More:
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyConnections
Adult Literacy Programs: http://www.literacyconnections.org/programs-services/adult-literacy/
Resources for Literacy Connections: http://www.literacyconnections.com/
Functional Illiteracy: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102880/

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July 15, 2021 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Literacy, Service Organizations  

ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley (Aired on June 20, 2021)

Joan Glase, Director of Public Relations and Foundation at The ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley, visits RadioRotary to describe the work ARC does for its 2,000-some clients in Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. ARC furnishes group homes for 3 to 9 individuals and provides day programs for those individuals and for many who live with their families. Direct Support Professionals not only provide therapy but also help with employment or other concerns. The goal of ARC is to enable people of all abilities to become productive members of society. In addition to the homes and services to individuals living with their families, ARC has two clinics and both a pre-school and a K-12 school. The clinics offer several types of therapy, dental services, podiatry, and medical evaluation. ARC is a nonprofit primarily funded by government, but many services are enhanced by the ARC Foundation, which raises money through donations and events such at two golf tournaments each year.

Learn more:
The ARC, Greater Hudson Valley, NY: https://arcghvny.org/
The ARC, New York: https://www.thearcny.org/
The ARC (of the United States): https://thearc.org/
Educational Learning Experiences at ARC: https://elearc.org/
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: https://nadsp.org/

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Guatemala Literacy Project (Aired on May 30, 2021)

Rotarian Joe Berninger from the Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways joins RadioRotary to tell about a work that was called “the gold standard of Rotary projects” by past Rotary President Ian Riseley (2017-18)—the Guatemala Literary Project. More than 600 clubs from 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been made more literate—both for reading and in technology– through sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work.

Learn more:
Guatemala Literacy Project: https://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Cooperative for Education: https://coeduc.org/
Literacy Statistics for Guatemala: http://uis.unesco.org/en/country/gt
Rotary E-club of District 6600 Ohio Pathways: Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways

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